Local weightlifting legend Tommy Kono dies at 85

Courtesy: Kono Family

Hawai’i’s Olympic weightlifting legend Tommy Kono has died.

A family member said he passed away at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon from complications of liver cirrhosis, a scarring of the liver.

Kono was a three-time Olympic medalist and an inductee to the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.

He was 85 years old.

The Kono family provided a statement saying:

The family would like to thank all of his friends & especially the lifters at the Nuuanu YMCA. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.

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